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Player Profiles – Bronwyn Shields

Next up in our series of Player Profiles is 17 year old Bronwyn Shields, who has clearly been on a winning streak with Clydesdale Western.  Ally Walker caught up with Bronwyn to discuss her time at Clydesdale Western and her future hopes in hockey:

2018 has possibly been the best hockey year of Bronwyn’s life.  In her first year with the Scotland Under 18 girls team, she went to the EuroHockey U18 Girls Championships II in Rakovnik, Czech Republic and returned with a gold medal. 

Bronwyn Shields had an excellent 2018 in hockey for club and country. (Photo credit: Ally Walker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronwyn and her fellow teammates in the Clydesdale Western 1st XI team are sitting at the top of the league and still in the Scottish Cup.  As part of the West District Under 18s side, they won the Inter-District tournament in September and her Glasgow Thunder Development team in the new Women’s Super Series in December – well, they won too!

But there’s no time for Bronwyn to kick back and enjoy the ride as she’s off to Vienna with Clydesdale Western in February for the 2019 EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy and it won’t be long before the Scotland Under 18s training kicks in too.

Bronwyn (top row, second from left) and her Clydesdale Western teammates will compete in Euro Indoor competition in Vienna, February 2019. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography)

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western are very proud of Bronwyn’s success but she was quick to thank “Team Clark” for introducing her to the beautiful game.  Bronwyn said, “Brian and David Clark started an after-school club at St Fillans Primary and I went along when I was 8.  From there I was introduced to Friday night “Jockey” and then all the hockey camps.  I remember everyone being really friendly and welcoming and I stayed and moved through the youth programme.”

Bronwyn (far right) alongside Clydesdale Western teammates following their U18 Scotland success in the summer of 2018 in Rakovnik, Czech Republic. (Photo credit: Peter Justice)

And aren’t we glad she did.  Looking to the future, Bronwyn is applying for university and setting her sights on the Scotland Senior Squad and one day to getting all the way through to the Great British hockey programme.

It certainly looks like she’s on the right track!

For more information about ‘Player Profiles’ or if you would like to nominate someone from your team or coaching session for a future interview, please contact Ally Walker via e-mail (aw.pr@ntlworld.com).

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Player Profiles – Ruaridh Callaghan

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western are delighted to announce the beginning of ‘Player Profiles’ – individual interviews that will then be made available to read online.

In the first of a new series of profiles, Ally Walker will interview various club members to find out information such as their time at Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western and their future aspirations in hockey.  The first interview to be carried out was with youngster Ruaridh Callaghan as Ally reports:

After just two years at Clydesdale, Ruaridh Callaghan is a key member of the Men’s 4th XI and his three goals at the recent Under 16 Inter-Districts helped to bring home a silver medal.

Ruaridh (second from left) was one of five Clydesdale boys to represent West U16s at the Inter-Districts in September 2018 at Peffermill, Edinburgh.

Now in his third year at Mearns Castle High School, Ruaridh was introduced to hockey at Kirkhill Primary by Irene Clark, mother of Clydesdale’s Steven Clark – thank you, Irene!  From there, he began Clydesdale life at Friday night “Jockey” thanks to the help of hockey chairman Donald Amour and David “Santa” Mackie.  Ruaridh then advanced quickly on to be coached by club coach Ciaran Crawford at the Boys’ Performance training sessions on a Tuesday night.

When asked about his hockey hopes and dreams, Ruaridh didn’t hesitate by saying, “I want the 4s to win the league this year. Next year, I want to trial for the Scotland U16s and ultimately, I want to progress to reach the Men’s 1s.”

All achievable, Ruaridh – go for it!

For more information about ‘Player Profiles’ or if you would like to nominate someone from your team or coaching session for a future interview, please contact Ally Walker via e-mail (aw.pr@ntlworld.com).